Racing community holds vigil for missing snowmobilers

12:43 AM, Jan 3, 2013   |    comments
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OXFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- What started as a candlelight vigil Wednesday night, turned to a bon fire vigil -- as dozens sought warmth after three snowmobiliers are presumed dead.

The three missing men are 40 year-old Kenneth Henderson, 43 year-old Glen Henderson, and 41 year-old John Spencer from Litchfield.

The men are believed to have gone into open water in the middle of Rangeley Lake on Sunday night, possibly around the same time that a 44-year-old Yarmouth woman was killed when she also drove her sled into the icy waters.

Maine Warden Service Cpl. John MacDonald said high winds and frigid temperature make it unsafe for divers and boat operators to continue to search on Wednesday.

Dozens gathered for a candlelight vigil for the men at the Oxford Plains Speedway Wednesday night.

The event's organizer, Missy Morgan, says she raced against the men at Oxford Plains Speedway but competition is set aside when something bad happens to the racing community.

"You know, everybody wants to be able to do something. I can't bring husbands back, I can't bring fathers, sons -- those back," says Morgan. "But I can bring everybody together, to celebrate and honor their lives as a family. And that's what we do as racecar drivers."

Wardens will resume the search on Thursday, looking for any clues leading to the whereabouts of Kenneth Henderson, Glenn Henderson, and John Spencer.


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